Sony Carl Zeiss 135mm F1.8 ZA Sonnar T* A-mount lens review by Dopol

reviewer#5435 date: May-22-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:70-200G
Tamron 90
CZ 16-80
price paid:779Euro (new)
positive:Sharp, from F/1.8
great bokeh
negative:SSM could make focus faster
Some CA if you push it (but less then any other lens I own).
comment:I ran into this lens (new) for a great price, I couldn't resist. I had hoped to lay hands on the CZ85 1,4 but that was sold out. However, no regrets, whatsoever so far.
The lens is heavy, I used it as a street lens in Hamburg and Amsterdam. Great shots, but lots of comments and tired neck.

Particularly like the great, great bokeh and sharpness
Oddly, the lens sometimes 'assumes' I had it focus-locked and so won't focus. Didn't find out why, doesn't bother me much.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 118
  • sharpness: 4.99
  • color: 4.91
  • build: 4.76
  • distortion: 4.97
  • flare control: 4.94
  • overall: 4.91 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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